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ADA6969

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Posted: 11/02/20 08:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello,
Any body have any experience towing 7500lbs with a 48" super hitch with out weight distribution? Thanks, Andy


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For a gross trailer weight of 7500 pounds, the recommended tongue weight should be at least 750 pounds but not more that 1125 pounds. That kind of weight on a pickup truck with a 48” extension will make steering very difficult and may lift the front wheels off the ground when driving at highway speeds over real rough roads. I am guessing with the AF 1150, that the gross rear axle rating of your truck will be greatly exceeded. I certainly wouldn’t ever do that.

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If the trailer tows great with 400 lbs. of tongue why do I need more?

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ADA6969 wrote:

If the trailer tows great with 400 lbs. of tongue why do I need more?


Because under adverse road and wind conditions, the trailer front will bob up and down causing lack of control and traction.

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Posted: 11/02/20 11:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"trailer tows great with 400 lbs. of tongue"

How many panic stops have you experienced with this set up? Winds? Bad roads?


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Wow. I been driving for 10+ years 45k miles all over west cost with my old set up A/F 990 28" STINGER WITH 300-500 LBS OF Tongue weight. on a 7500lb trailer. The truck did not know it was towing anything neither did I.

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I did tow with 48" stinger, but 3500 lb boat, so that's different story.
When you have 7500lb cargo trailer adjusted for 300 lb tongue weight - the trailer will be prone to fishtailing and you can find 100's youtube videos how it ends.
The final outcome depends on trailer shapes (boat do much better), axle design (torsion axles are better) and other factors as well.
Now if you managed to do it for over 10 years without accident, I want to see a picture of the set.
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I think the big difference is that my tow rig is 13500lbs DRW Duel axle trailer with just a jeep on it. 300-500 LBS TONGUE works do to the mass of the tow rig. This is what I am trying to figure out. I totally agree if I was towing 15k there would be some problems.

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ADA, a little context with your question the next time may help.

Homeless by Choice, "lift the front wheels" c'mon buddy....lol.

ADA, you have your answer, mostly. Many do it with a Super Truss. You know how your own trailer handles. Even if others will profess that you don't....on the internet.
With that low of tongue weight, I'd hook n go with a properly setup dually and proper hitch.


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ADA6969 wrote:

Wow. I been driving for 10+ years 45k miles all over west cost with my old set up A/F 990 28" STINGER WITH 300-500 LBS OF Tongue weight. on a 7500lb trailer. The truck did not know it was towing anything neither did I.


So why did you ask?


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